The Internet is considered to be an essential part of modern life. The school has a duty to provide pupils with quality Internet access as part of their learning. Our e-safety policy considers new and emerging technologies in our continuing aim to enable pupils to become autonomous users with a safe, positive attitude towards the internet and provide suitable resources, training and support for staff. We have regular E-Safety lessons, safer Internet campaigns, cyber buddies and e-safety assemblies to continually raise awareness of staying safe online.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As a parent, you'll know how important the internet is to children; they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities but the technology that children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online, such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face, or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online.
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media, we've suggested a few internet sites which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in adult supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. However, there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, so we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child in KS2 to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe. Half termly online safety activities are prioritised for pupils as part of our curriculum and staff welcome annual e-safety training from the borough advisor to ensure they keep up-to-date.
As every child starts at St John's, we provide them with a unique sign on for accessing both devices at school and learning platforms at home. They also access subscription services such as Mathletics and Oxford Owl.
Early Years Parents have access to their pupil's Tapestry Journal.
Key Stage 1 use J2E as part of the The London Grid For Learning.
Key Stage 2 use Google Classroom
Key Stage 2 children learn to use London Safe Mail e-mail in years 3 and 4 and will communicate with pupils within school. We do receive requests from parents to email their child during this time but it is filtered solely for pupil use. Please talk to your child to ensure they do not share their username or password with others.
For more information you can download our E Safeguarding policy and included Acceptable Use Agreements from the Policies section and if you have any questions, please let the School Office know.
It's important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat - is 13 years old.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.